1 dead, 4 injured in shooting outside nightclub on West 25th Street

Police tow car with victim inside

CLEVELAND - Cleveland police officers had a car towed Friday with the victim of a shooting still inside.

The man was killed and three others injured in a shooting outside Club Envy on Cleveland's west side at about 2:15 a.m. Friday. The shooting happened at West 25th Street and Monroe Avenue, about a block from the West Side Market.

Police spokesman Sgt. Sammy Morris said three off-duty officers were working secondary employment at Club Envy when a fight broke out inside the club. The officers escorted the involved parties outside.

After leaving the club, one of the men involved saw the person who he was fighting, pulled out a handgun, and began shooting into the crowd, hitting three people, Morris said.

Two of the officers returned fire hitting the suspect in the neck and shoulder, Morris said. After shooting into the crowd, the driver got back into a car, traveled a short distance on West 25th Street southbound and crashed into a bridge.

A frantic call came in to Cleveland 911 at 1:49 a.m.

"They need emergency there at West 25th at the Envy. They are shooting outside," said the caller to 911. "I don't know if these people are dead or alive, but somebody was shooting (inaudible)."

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EMS took the three shooting victims from outside the club and another man who was either injured in the crash or in the fight at the club to MetroHealth Medical Center, where they were treated for their injuries. Police said two victims, both men in their 20s, left the hospital against medical advice.

The third victim, 29-year-old Darryl Lolles, of Cleveland, remains hospitalized for gunshot wounds to the chest and eye.

Morris said the gunman, who was also the driver of the vehicle, died at the scene. Police had the car towed with the body inside to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office. The suspect was identified as Elijah Cole, 22, of Mentor.

The other two men in the vehicle were placed under arrest. No police officers were injured, Morris said.

Several police officials, including Chief Michael McGrath were at the scene. Officers were seen interviewing witnesses.

The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team is investigating.

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